Australia agenda: spring fashion at the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

Emerging designers and Australian fashion stalwarts will send their Spring collections down the catwalks in front of crowds of more than 80,000 people during the 17th Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

17th Melbourne Spring Fashion Week
September 5-11
Various venues in Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia

In the first week of September, Australian fashion is in the spotlight again during the seven-day Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW). Melbourne Spring Fashion Week includes more than 100 free and ticketed public events ranging from street parades to markets, workshops and fashion shows. Melbournites can snap up a bargain at one of the many MSFW sales or watch a fashion parade hosted by their favorite fashion retailer. The event is smaller than the Rosemount Australian Fashion Week or the Sydney Fashion Festival but well-loved by buying consumers.
http://melbourne.vic.gov.au/msfw
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Taste of Melbourne

September 15-18
Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton
Melbourne, Australia

The worldwide series of Taste festivals heads to Australia’s "food capital" for a tour de force of the city’s finest restaurants and produce. Visitors can sample signature dishes created by Melbourne’s top chefs, purchase food and wine to take home and enjoy coffee, cheese, fine wine and cocktails with expert-led tastings. Taste festivals are held annually around the globe in locations such as Birmingham, Auckland, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Dubai, Milan, Edinburgh, Dublin, London and Sydney.
http://www.tasteofmelbourne.com.au/
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13th Perth Fashion Festival

September 21-27
Various locations
Perth, Australia

The Perth Fashion Festival (PFF) is Western Australia’s largest annual fashion event. It showcases a healthy mixture of local and national fashion design talent with both free and ticketed events. In 2011, 136 designers will showcase their fashion forward creations in 40 dazzling events. PFF is a niche event compared to its Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and Mercedes-Benz Sydney Fashion Festival counterparts but the festival is growing in both size and notoriety. More than 44,000 local and international visitors attended PFF in 2010.
http://www.perthfashionfestival.com.au/
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Melbourne Fringe Festival

September 21-October 9
Melbourne, Australia

The Melbourne Fringe Festival is a city-wide celebration of independent creativity that traverses the boundaries of art, cinema, theater, dance, fashion and music. The three-week long open-access festival fosters Melbourne's thriving arts community, providing opportunities for both emerging and established artists to present their works in a range of locations across Melbourne. In 2009 more than 560,000 visitors came to the festival to see the works of 4,815 artists at 143 venues across the state.
http://www.melbournefringe.com.au/
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117th Australian Rules Football Grand Final

October 1
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne, Australia

The Australian Rules Football grand final is Australia's most important sporting event. "Aussie Rules" (aka "footy") is a variant of football, rugby and Gaelic football and is considered a matter of national pride. The AFL Grand Final is the most attended, most watched and most followed annual sporting event in the country. In 2010, 2,768,000 viewers in metropolitan Australia turned on their TV to watch the Grand Final and an additional 2,687,000 viewers watched the Grand Final replay.
http://www.afl.com.au/


26th Melbourne International Arts Festival

October 6-22
Various venues
Melbourne, Australia

The Melbourne International Arts Festival, commonly known as the Melbourne Festival, has developed a reputation for showcasing unique and contemporary international and Australian events in the fields of dance, theater, music, visual arts, and multimedia. This year there are more than 50 shows, events and projects in the festival program - which includes 15 world premieres and places a strong emphasis on "live experiences." In 2010 the Melbourne Festival attracted more than 500,000 visitors. Similar events around the country include the Sydney Festival, the Adelaide Festival and the Brisbane Festival.
http://www.melbournefestival.com.au/
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